HEY, NPM NATURE PHOTOGRAPHERS!!! LET'S GO TO DEVILS LAKE STATE PARK FOR LATE AFTERNOON LIGHTING AND SUNSET OVER THE LAKE!!!
Devil’s Lake State Park in central Wisconsin is often called the Midwest’s “Yellowstone” and it’s easy to see why!!! Wisconsin’s most popular state park features amazing vistas from atop rugged, 500-foot quartzite bluffs overlooking a pristine 360-acre lake... Devil’s Lake also encompasses a unique section of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail and offers over 29 miles of scenic trail surrounded many more miles of secluded Wisconsin back country.
Devils Lake State Park is just south of Baraboo, Wisconsin and Interstate 90-94. If you have a GPS you might want to type the address in and follow directions to get to the general area of the park. Then you will need to follow our directions below to get to the "SOUTH ENTRANCE" which is the area we are meeting at:
Devils Lake State Park
S5975 Park Road
Baraboo, WI 53913
IMPORTANT!!! Devils Lake State Park has 2 entrances and we are meeting at the "SOUTH" ENTRANCE, not the North Entrance (shown in above address). WE WILL MEET AT THE SOUTH ENTRANCE "VISITORS CENTER"! SEE MAP LINK! http://www.devilslakeclimbingguides.com/visiting-devils-lake.html
MANY TRAILS TO EXPLORE!!!
We will start out as a group exploring 2 popular trails...
Devil’s Doorway — This is an easy, level asphalt trail along the edge of the top of the East Bluff to views of Devil’s Lake with drop-offs along the way. There is a notable side trail with stone steps to the Devil’s Doorway rock formation. (.5 mile, approximate hiking time .25 hour) Access to this trail is from East Bluff, East Bluff Woods, CCC, Potholes and/or Balanced Rock trails.
East Bluff – A medium effort trail that is asphalt with stone steps as it winds back and forth between the edge of the bluff and the adjacent woods. Goes to the top of the East Bluff for many scenic views and drop-offs. Elephant Cave and Elephant Rock are at the north end.
We could check out other trails as time permits!!! This is a huge natural area and we can return in the future to explore many other awesome trails if our group enjoys this spot!
COST FOR DAILY PASSES:
Vehicle with WI license plates $7
Vehicle with out-of-state plate $10
DIRECTIONS TO MEETING SPOT!!!
From Rockford/Chicago: Follow I-39 North/I-90 West to the outskirts of Madison, WI. Near Madison, turn left onto US-12 West. Stay on US-12 through Madison, Middleton, and Sauk City, driving approximately 45 miles to the Baraboo Hills. After you drive up the steep, forested hill near Baraboo, turn right on Ski-Hi Road to reach the "South Entrance"!
RAIN DATE: Sunday August 12, SAME TIME, SAME PLACE!!!
You will be notified by email and on our web site if the weather causes us to change days. Please check our site for any changes or updates before you leave to NPM Meetups!
Park Hours: Devil’s Lake is open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. Visitor Center hours are from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily in the summer and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in other seasons. For more information you can call the park directly at [masked]